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Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-08-16

India: Cows at heart of political debate

In India, the humble cow is proving the cause of controversy. With numbers of bovines on the up, authorities are facing a headache over what to do with them. And that's not all, cows are also at the heart of political disagreements and even targets for lynch mob attacks.

Then, we head to one of the world's last communist countries, where training as a monk offers one way out of poverty.

We also go to Burma, where the Moken have lived a semi-nomadic life off the coast. But the fact that many of them are stateless means it's difficult for them to defend their rights.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Christopher MOORE


2017-09-11 music

Korean violinist Hyung Joon Won on building harmony through music

This week, we're joined on the set by Hyung Joon Won, an acclaimed violinist from South Korea. He has the resume of a musician - he trained at Julliard and has performed around...

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2017-08-28 India

India: Where old clothes go to get a new life

Cheap labour and global fashion trends mean that people are consuming and disposing of an ever greater amount of clothing. But in India, these tattered rags are reincarnated....

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2017-07-31 Vietnam

South Korea: 71-year-old grandmother becomes internet sensation

In South Korea, A 71-year-old grandmother has become the country's latest YouTube star. When the creators of the platform were born in the 1970s, she was already 30. Today, she's...

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2017-07-17 China

Making a splash: Why indoor water parks are a hit in China

With an aversion to sun, sand and salt water, Chinese swimmers prefer to beat the heat by flocking to overcrowded indoor pools. Some people in China want to avoid getting a tan...

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